Apple to let media apps avoid 30% fee after global scrutiny

  • Apple Inc. will allow developers of some apps to link from their software to external websites for payments by users, addressing a longstanding App Store complaint and settling an investigation by Japan’s Fair Trade Commission.
  • To date, Apple has to date forced such applications to use its in-app purchase system, which gives Apple up to a 30% commission on downloads and in-app subscriptions.
  • Last month, as part of a preliminary settlement of a class-action lawsuit with U.S. App Store developers, Apple loosened its rules to let software makers advertise outside payment methods to consumers via email.
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